This summer it will be 28 years since the release of Eric B & Rakim’s debut record, “Eric B. is President/ My Melody.” Cut for the Zakia label out of Harlem and quickly licensed and reissued by 4th & Broadway, it was, in Nelson George’s opinion, “as stunning a first statement as Run-DMC’s ‘It’s Like That/Sucker M.C.’s.’” The A-side’s sampling of James Brown’s “Funky President” (likely the first rap record of dozens and dozens to do so), combined with the mesmerizing lyrics and rapping of Rakim, constituted a one-two punch that knocked out all comers — including any number of music journalists, here and abroad. A year later, the duo released Paid In Full and their immortality was assured. Continue Reading
Interview & Words By Jake Paine
It has been now 24 years of Above The Law and Big Hutch injecting melody into Hip-Hop. The producer/MC who is also prominently known as Cold187um is a G-Funk pioneer of combining altered the grooves of the ‘70s and early ‘80s and created drive-friendly Hip-Hop with the juxtaposition of hard lyrics overtop.
A native of Pomona, California Hutch, DJ Total K-Oss and the late KMG made two hands full of albums with Above The Law, featuring input and contributions from the likes of Eazy-E, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, and longtime affiliate Kokane. Along the way, the group quietly led lives that removed all skepticism that their accounts on wax were fabricated or staged. Hutch, who remained close with Death Row Records during the N.W.A. split was fiercely loyal to his mentor Eazy. A prominent figure in the studios at Ruthless, Hutch was later called upon by Suge Knight to reignite the sounds at Death Row. Continue Reading
¡Mayday! is back at the Bird aka Blackbird Ordinary for a special May Day performance. If you have been to a ¡Mayday! show than we know you will be there and if you haven’t you should complete your life and make your way to Blackbird Ordinary in the Brickell area of Miami, Fl. and prepare to be amazed!
N.O.R.E. aka Noreaga aka Papi, aka Slime Father is continuing his 4/20 “Noreaster” annual series which is available today on Itunes! Features include Styles P, Troy Ave, Raekwon and more. Production of course from Hazardis Soundz and Crazy Hood’s own Boris aka Beats-n-da-Hood. Hit Itunes and then light one to it says the non-smoker! lol
This is such a dope video that there isn’t much more to say than that other than new visuals from Atmosphere.
Got this in our inbox the other day and thought visually and sonically it was pretty damn dope. We look forward to more material from Eric Biddines.
Our homie from Kardinal Offishall offers up some long awaited visuals! Dope track we definitely look forward to more from Mr. Kardinal!
We are excited to now be on A.L. DRE’s mailing list to receive and post “The Last Word.” If you don’t remember “The Last Word” from the glory days of The Source – go do some diggin’. Keep checking back for more of “The Last Word” on CrazyHood.com.
With all this media talk about Jay Z / The 5 Percent Nation – let’s take it back to the early days of the Gods. Some classic footage here. And with all the talk about it being a “white-hate” group – peep the next video about Azreal – the first white 5 percenter…. Continue Reading
17 tracks of dope beats and rhymes. Thanks Pharoahe. Continue Reading
By Bill Adler
Just after posting our full-length excavation of some of the early press on Eric B. & Rakim, we received the translation of a Greek language review of Paid in Full. The original, below, was published in December of ’87 in a magazine whose name translates as Pop and Rock, and it stands as a fine example of the international interest in rap and hip-hop from the very beginning. Continue Reading
There’s no doubt that music is a powerful tool and growing old is a b*tch. It’s no fun to have the life zapped out of you, sitting stationary all day, unaware of your surroundings. Really – this is a nightmare for most – and often there’s no escaping some of these old-age problems. Thank God for music and its’ ability to bring life energy back. Peep the video….